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The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew - More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond (Unofficial Cookbook) Hardcover – April 18, 2012
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Featured Recipe: Pentoshi Mushrooms in Butter and Garlic
"Even when he fears that he is being led into a trap and that the dish before him may be poisoned, Tyrion cannot help but acknowledge his desire for just a taste of it. The mushrooms before him glistening with butter and smelling of garlic make his mouth water, and it’s nob wonder. Poisoned or not, this savory dish would tempt just about anyone." (A Dance with Dragons, Chapter One)
- 4 large portobello mushrooms with stems
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, divided
- 4 large white onions, finely chopped
- 10 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 cup arborio rice
- 5 cups vegetable stock or water
- 2 tablespoons grated imported Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
- Scented olive oil, such as truffle oil, garlic oil, or herb oil (or very good extra-virgin olive oil)
- Finely chop the stems of the mushrooms. Set the caps aside. In a large saucepan, melt 5 tablespoons of the butter, and sauteÅL the onions and garlic over medium heat until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the chopped mushroom stems, and saute a minute longer. Season with salt.
- Add the rice. Stir well to coat, then add 1 cup of stock and stir until the liquid is mostly absorbed. Add another cup of stock, stirring constantly, and allow the rice to absorb it. Continue adding stock cup by cup, until all liquid is used and rice is tender, but still a little firm to the bite in the middle (about 25 minutes). Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter and the cheese, and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
- Slice the portobello caps paper-thin. Divide risotto into 4 bowls, immediately sprinkle with the shaved portobellos, and garnish with scallions and a drizzle (about 2 teaspoons) of truffle oil (or other flavored oil).
A Word of Wisdom
Need to know your mushrooms? Creminis are just young portobellos; both are nutty, and gourmand favorites. Fluted oyster mushrooms have a more subtle flavor. Any young mushroom can be called a button, but chefs usually reserve the name for the white button variety. White mushrooms are simply button mushrooms with the caps fully opened.
"This is a really interesting and ambitious book with remarkably strange, and quite imaginative, recipes." --T. Susan Chang, WRSI.com, Cookbooks for Dinner Blog & Boston Globe/NPR Food Writer
"Includes details on the origin of each recipe and is broken up into engaging, fan-centric chapters." --HollywoodChicago.com
"This cookbook is one of the most detailed and well-researched niche books I've ever read. I appreciate that the author took such care to read through each book and make so many dishes come to life in an authentic way. The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook is as authentic as it gets." --Geekadelphia.com
"Readers can get practical instructions on more than 150 food and drink recipes over 256 pages in this recommended hardcover cookbook. The recipe descriptions do not spoil any plots in the book series. Kistler presents each recipe with consideration and thought beyond simply slapping a character or location on each one." --Blogcritics.org
"Sex, violence, a few recipes for wild boar – yup, it's time for Game of Thrones. Some of the dishes in the new Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook had me salivating. If you're looking for a little inspired ideas for your Game of Thrones bash – or anytime, really – check these recipes out." --Vancouver Sun
"Delicious treats abound in Alan Kistler's The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook, all inspired by food found in the epic fantasy series." --Flavorwire.com
"The concept behind The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook is genius.... As a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire, I love the cookbook because each recipe is tied to a character, and there are excerpts from the series on each page." - Quarters Magazine
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From what I can tell, this book is a series of standard recipes taken from the publishers database of modern recipes - then some Westerosi names are slapped onto them. I mean... seriously... Direwolf Ale? They are likely some of the same recipes that appear in some of this publishers other unofficial cookbooks such as the one for the world of Harry Potter. It was then published unofficially and sent to stores a few months before the official cookbook just to sneak in some sales in before people know the true mistake of buying this book. I'm not really even sure how this book is legal to print, as to the best of my knowledge this book has even less permission than it does passion.
What you should buy instead:
The official cookbook: A Feast for Ice and Fire. The official book is full of researched medieval recipes and completely new recipes designed specifically based on the ingredients and flavors presented in the books. It is a book spawned from a blog that was started by two women who were truly passionate about the food presented in the Ice and Fire books. George R. R. Martin sanctioned their work and wrote a compelling introduction to the book (which I just got a chance to read this weekend) talking about the role of food in his novels and in his life. If the recipes in the book are anything like the blog - this book will take your tastebuds to Westeros!
In short - if you want to eat a bunch of recipes procured from a publisher's database that are designed to get on the market quickly and steal your money - If you'd rather drink Dire Wolf Ale than eat Sister's Stew, then buy the Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook. But, if you want to taste the food of Westeros that has been passionately and diligently recreated by two chefs who love the books just as much as you - go buy the Feast of Ice and Fire.
Spend the extra $8 and buy the official cookbook that has the endorsement of George R. R. Martin, "A Feast of Ice and Fire" by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer.
WARNING: there are some minor SPOILERS or at least some that *allude* to spoilers. An example is Late Lord Frey's Leek Soup. I would not read that recipe's description until you're done with the third book. Also, unless you have read all five books, some of the recipe names will be meaningless to you. An example is The Blind Girl's Piping Hot Fish and Pepper Breakfast.
WORST PART OF THIS BOOK - there are no pictures :( None. Not even one. Was very disappointed by that.
This is how the recipes are broken down:
Chapter 1 - Heroic Mornings: Breakfasts for Warriors
Lots of biscuits, sausage, and bacon!
Chapter 2 - A Morsel in a Moment: Appetizers and Snacks
Here there are some odd recipes that you may or may not want to experiment with. Some notables are Ghiscari Spiced Honeyed Locusts (yes, real locusts), Desperate Travelers' Acorn Paste, and Robert's Fried Golden Goose Eggs.
Chapter 3 - Something Off the Sideboard: Sides and Bread
This is mostly vegetables and bread.
Chapter 4 - Fireside Fare: Soups, Stews, and Salads
Hope you like salads!Read more ›
The second is that virtually every recipe, most of them pretty poorly chosen (when was the last time you found auroch at your grocery store?) in this clone of The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling" - More than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy comes straight from the publisher's database of recipes. You'll find most of them in the "Everything" series of cookbooks. This time the publisher did see fit to at least list the Everything books the recipes were lifted from on a page at the back of the book, so Grandma awards an extra star.
Definitely not recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The recipes are pretty easy and enjoyable..the book is a decent read as well.Published 3 days ago by Kimberly M.
Awesome cookbook. The recipes are regular recipes and renamed with slight modifications. I highly recommend trying themPublished 1 month ago by NvrGvngUp
Interesting book though some recipes are not as good as sound.Published 3 months ago by Sergey Trofimenko
I might not want to live in Westeros but some of the food I've read about in the book sounds delicious. They did a good job bringing some of those meals to life in this cookbook. Read morePublished 6 months ago by N, Byer
Many of the recipes are now favorites in my household, especially Tommen's Apple Tart. Does contain some spoilers, but it is neat that every recipe has the corresponding references... Read morePublished 9 months ago by pprbckwrtr
Purchased this for a birthday gift for my sister who loves to cook and is a HUGE GOT fan.
The book has a good look to it and the print is of decent size so it can be read... Read more
I'm a huge A Song of Ice and Fire fan and totally geeked out when I saw this book. I would make some of the featured recipes for a themed party and I think it was a nice touch... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Suzanne
Bought this as a gift for a Game of Thrones fan and he loves it! He loves to cook and loves Game of Thrones. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sean M